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Dementia Friendly Newcastle

Newcastle is committed to becoming a Dementia friendly city. This is a place where people living with dementia are:

  • understood
  • respected
  • supported
  • included
  • involved
  • confident they can contribute to their community
  • have choice and control in their lives
  • can find local help and support

It is a place where everyone is aware of and understands dementia.

Newcastle City Council is working in partnership with local communities and businesses. They want to help people with dementia and their carers feel safe and live in the way they want to in their community.

In this page you can find more on:

Understanding Dementia Sessions

Dementia Friendly Communities in Newcastle

Dementia Friendly Activities

Dementia Space at The Grainger Market

Tips for starting conversations with people living with dementia

Understanding Dementia Sessions

To help you understand the needs of people with dementia better and how you can make a difference, take part in a learning session.

Dementia Friends Information Sessions give you a better understanding of the types of dementia and how it effects people and their carers.

FutureLearn run some free online courses created by Universities where you can learn more about:

VOICE (Valuing Our Intellectual Capital and Experience) at Newcastle University, involves members of the public in research. You can become a member of VOICE and work with academics to improve the focus, quality, relevance and impact of research, to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

Unison offer their trade union members free training and learning opportunities. They have some dementia awareness sessions in Newcastle. Contact your local representative for more information.

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Dementia friendly communities


Dementia friendly city info graphic from Alzhiemers Society. Empowering people with dementia to have high aspirations, confidence and know they can contribute:

Dementia friendly communities infographic from Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia Friendly Communities in Newcastle

There are 2 communities in Newcastle committed to becoming dementia friendly. These communities are:

See all events organised by Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance Events 

  • Gosforth

Other communities are also working towards becoming dementia friendly.

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Dementia Friendly Activities

Find all the dementia friendly activities in Newcastle in our Events & Activities section on InformationNOW.  Choose ‘dementia’ as the type of activity. You can also search by postcode and keyword.

Dementia friendly activities and groups available in Newcastle include:

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Dementia Space at The Grainger Market

This is a pop up shop at The Grainger Market where you can find out about dementia, prevention and living well with the condition. Each month focuses on a different theme with:

  • information and advice
  • learning sessions
  • regular activities
Dementia Space themes for 2019 to 2020
Month Theme Activities include
May 2019 Inclusion Dementia Action Week 2019

Find out more about how to stay connected to the community.

Dementia friendly activities

June 2019 Help and Support Information and support for carers

Find out more about volunteering

July 2019 Staying Safe Find out more about:

online safety

home safety

safe places

basic first aid

emergency support for carers

adaptations for your home

August 2019 Your home and where you live Thinking about making changes to your home

Different types of housing

Thinking about moving home

Living at home comfortably and safely

Managing your finances

Support with utilities

September 2019 Health Looking after your

Physical health

Mental and emotional health

Financial health

October 2019 Planning ahead Older People’s Month


November 2019 Staying Independent
December 2019 To be confirmed
January 2019  To be confirmed
February 2019  To be confirmed
March 2019  To be confirmed
April 2019  To be confirmed
May 2019 Dementia Action Week

If you would like to get involved or have ideas for future sessions contact the Dementia Space.

Tips for starting conversations with people living with dementia

Alzheimer’s Society’s research shows that many people are worried about ‘saying the wrong thing’ to people living with dementia. Almost all of us know someone affected yet, most people living with dementia feel isolated and lonely. A friendly face or a listening ear can make a great difference.

You can take action by starting a conversation with someone living with dementia. It can be difficult to know what to say. But Alzheimer’s Society has teamed up with people affected by dementia to give you tips for getting a conversation started:

‘Talk to me, smile, be a little patient and give me time to reply.’ 

‘A simple ‘hello’, ask about the weather, anything that you feel comfortable with.’

‘Just be yourself and yes, we will make mistakes but it’s ok to laugh along with us.’

‘I love it when people ask me questions. It gives me an opportunity to show that people with dementia exist, that we can still contribute to things going on around us and that life goes on. It makes me feel good. It makes me feel like me again’

‘Just don’t ask if I remember.’

‘Don’t be afraid. All it takes is a conversation to see we’re still us.’

The Herbert Protocol for missing people

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme to record useful information about a vulnerable person that can be used by police if the person goes missing.  Carers, family members and friends can download and complete the form to give vital details about the person they care for including: medication needed, emergency contacts, places they’ve lived previously and a photograph.

The form can then be handed straight to Police if needed. It can make a real difference.  It could help reduce the amount of time a vulnerable person is missing, bringing them to safety even quicker.  For more information visit Northumbria Police’s website.

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Last updated: October 17, 2019

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